Columbia Design League
Finding Inspiration in Everyday Life
Finding Inspiration in Everyday Life
We are a group of Columbia Museum of Art members who share a belief that design matters in every area of modern life. Our annual seasons abound with lectures and discussions led by architects, designers, artists, and other luminaries. The Design League collaborates with academic, civic, and professional organizations to bring appealing and insightful design programs and events to the region.
September 20, 2019
Annual Meeting featuring POPup - The Inflatable Movement: Redefining Architecture
Adrienne Montare and Tom Savory explore the origins of inflatable structures
October 24, 2019
Play with Your City Winning Design Reveal & Street Party
See how the Lady Street corridor is transformed with urban design.
November 6, 2019
Meet the Designer: Designing Nephron
Tour the state-of-the-art facility, learn about the design process, innovative packaging design and pharmaceutical delivery systems.
Events Coming in 2020:
Meet the Designer: Yazi
Learn more about Wayfinding Design and the new signage system put in place downtown
Mr. Modernism - George Smart
Exploring mid-century and modernist architecture
Reinventing Knoxville with Sanders-Pace Architecture
*dates, speakers and locations subject to change
$5 for Students
$15 for Avant Garde and Solo
$25 for other membership levels
You'll have a chance to add the Columbia Design League to your membership during checkout.
The Columbia Design League presents Harvey Molotch, a professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at NYU and co-editor of the book Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing, has a beef with American public bathrooms — the physical design often makes an important everyday experience exceedingly uncomfortable.
Philip G. Freelon, FAIA, is founder of Durham, N.C. architectural firm the Freelon Group. The Freelon Group is the architect of record for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Freelon serves as the design guarantor, ensuring the design reflects the values and priorities of the museum and the Smithsonian Institution.
"If You Build It" is a documentary about a year in the life of one of America's most innovative classrooms, where students design and build to transform their hometown community. Designer-activists lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to reinvent not just their town, but their own sense of what's possible.
Chung is host of the four-part public television series Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture. In the show, he profiles buildings and spaces across the U.S. that have been created by architects and others who pushed the boundaries of design, materials and process. From napkin sketches to study models, Chung leads design buffs behind the scenes and into the architect’s mind, exploring the design process before the first wall is built.
Special lecture and Q&A session with SVP for On-Air Design and Off-Air Creative, MTV and MTV2, Jeffrey Keyton. Keyton oversees the award-winning design teams at MTV and has been instrumental in defining MTV’s distinctive visual personality for the last 20 years.
Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio is a documentary film on the late architect Samuel Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program known as the Rural Studio. The film explores Mockbee's effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities.